Sunday, April 05, 2009

Manic Monday - trip


In honor of his upcoming trip, Mo has given us the word, yes, TRIP!

The Road is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale describing a journey (trip) taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted years before by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and, apparently, most life on earth. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

McCarthy said the inspiration for The Road came during a 2003 visit to El Paso, Texas, with his young son. Imagining what the city might look like in the future, he pictured "fires on the hill" and thought about his son. He took some initial notes but did not return to the idea until a few years later, while in Ireland. Then, the novel came to him quickly, and he dedicated it to his son, John Francis McCarthy.

A film of the novel is planned for 2009 starring Viggo Mortensen.

You can read more at Wikipedia.

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7 comments:

Jamie said...

That does sound interesting both as a movie and a book. There is a certain magic in the words, "Road Trip".

Jan said...

One of my favorite of McCarthy's books. I was thrilled when he won the Pulitzer.

Travis said...

I've never read any of his work. Perhaps this would be a good introduction.

Greyscale Territory said...

This sounds like quite a dramatic trip! Some good reading possible future viewing!

Shannon said...

I've read this! I didn't know there was going to be a movie made... although the book was a bit dark-ish for me... and kind of scary to imagine... I DO want to see the movie...

Alice said...

Sounds like an interesting book, Mary. I'll have to either read it or see the movie. Happy Manic Monday.

♥ Kathy said...

ROAD TRIP! :D I bet it'll be a great movie!